Splendour in the Grass patrons urged to watch for signs of meningococcal after festivalgoer dies

NSW Health is urging patrons of this year’s Splendour in the Grass festival to monitor for symptoms of meningococcal, after two revellers contracted the disease and one died.

“Although the disease is uncommon, it can be severe, so we are urging people who attended the event in the North Byron Parklands on 21 – 24 July to be alert to the symptoms of meningococcal disease and act immediately if they appear,” NSW Health said in a statement issued on Friday.

One person who attended Splendour in the Grass last month has died with meningococcal . Credit:Getty

A man from Sydney, aged in his 40s, who attended the festival has died of meningococcal, NSW Health said.

“NSW Health expresses its sincere condolences to his loved ones.”

Symptoms of the disease include a sudden fever, headache, neck stiffness, joint pain, a rash of red spots or bruises, a dislike of bright lights, nausea and vomiting.

Symptoms of meningococcal in young children include irritability, difficulty walking, high-pitched crying and refusing food.

The state has seen 15 cases of meningococcal this year, which is rare but tends to increase in late winter and spring.

It is most common in children under five and 15-25 year olds.

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